When you're looking for answers you: a) focus on the outcome; b) assemble a team; c) consult an expert; d) all of the above. It's likely you answered d; most of us have tried each of these. But you're missing an important ingredient. Let's start by taking a look at the choices we were given.
Focus On the Outcome
The outcome (goal) is the answer. Right? Of course you're going to focus on the outcome. So much so that you might fail to see the best path to get there. Hmm...
Consult An Expert
Maybe they've done something like what you're looking to do but how well does their advice fit in with your situation? The expert might seem to have all the answers but if you're not careful you might not recognize that someone else's answer does not fit your problems.
Assemble A Team
Two heads are better than one and three or more... well you get it. When you're looking for answers there's nothing like diversity of thought. It stimulates creativity as well as curiosity. It's so effective you might just end up with more answers than you know what to do with.
Each of these options are quite useful in the search for answers and there's one ingredient common to all. The missing ingredient- ask questions. You figure if you're looking for answers you must have asked the questions already. Sure, you did and then you promptly went off searching for the answers. But questions are an essential part of the on-going process as well.
The thing about answers is that they're ever evolving. That which seems like the answer is promptly dispatched when new questions are posed. Getting answers is something we all strive to accomplish but if you're looking for the best answers don't rush to get them.
If you're looking for the best answer ask lots of questions.